Rumpole à la Carte

Rumpole à la Carte

John Mortimer / May 28, 2020

Rumpole la Carte Six new tales featuring everyone s favorite barrister Horace Rumpole disheveled polemical and immensely fond of cigars Wordsworth and Ch teau Thames Embankment He once again takes centre stage in

  • Title: Rumpole à la Carte
  • Author: John Mortimer
  • ISBN: 9780140156096
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six new tales featuring everyone s favorite barrister, Horace Rumpole disheveled, polemical, and immensely fond of cigars, Wordsworth, and Ch teau Thames Embankment He once again takes centre stage in these delightful mysteries Delicious characters such as Rumpole s wife, Hilda otherwise known as She Who Must Be Obeyed and philandering colleague Claude Erskine Brown acSix new tales featuring everyone s favorite barrister, Horace Rumpole disheveled, polemical, and immensely fond of cigars, Wordsworth, and Ch teau Thames Embankment He once again takes centre stage in these delightful mysteries Delicious characters such as Rumpole s wife, Hilda otherwise known as She Who Must Be Obeyed and philandering colleague Claude Erskine Brown accompany the cantankerous barrister as he visits a snooty restaurant and engages in a battle of wills over his adored mashed spuds takes the unaccustomed role of prosecutor and ventures unwillingly onto a ship where he confronts, of all things, a detective novelist Deftly written, sparkling with wit, and touching lightly on serious concerns about the British legal system, Rumpole la carte is a six course delight.Contents Rumpole la carte Rumpole and the summer of discontent Rumpole and the right to silence Rumpole at sea Rumpole and the quacks Rumpole for the prosecution

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      • John Mortimer

        John Clifford Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss a character as brilliant as Rumpole John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.Series Rumpole of the BaileyRapstone Chronicles


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    1. Don't let my low-ish rating on this one fool you. I love all of John Mortimer's Rumpole books!It's just that this one doesn't reach the level of the others. Then again, it doesn't aspire to. The proof is puddingor lack there of. You see, the "à la Carte" of the title is not only in reference to this novel's subject matter, it also pertains to the lack of substance. This is a long short story or perhaps as much as a novelette, but nothing more.Few pages were necessary. There's no devilishly diff [...]


    2. Mortimer's descriptions of things and people are hysterical! For example, from page 14 - Rumpole's client, who runs a snooty French restaurant and whom Rumpole doesn't really care for, asked him "Is it my personality that puts you off?Do you find me objectionable?" Rumpole replied - 'Mr. O'Higgins.' I decided to give judgment at length. "I think your restaurant pretentions and your portions skimpy. Your customers eat in a dim, religious atmosphere which seems to be more like Evensong than a good [...]


    3. [These notes were made in 1993:]. This is amusing and light stuff: six short stories featuring that gruff but highly competent barrister for the defence, Rumpole and his colleagues at the Temple. Mortimer is a skilful enough writer to give each story not only a shape but a theme - for instance, the title story is about food and eating, not only in its main plot, but in the subsidiary details. "Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent" is not only about a case of labour unrest, but about a personal s [...]


    4. Barrister Horace Rumpole is obsessed with many things--Chateau Thames Embankment, small cigars, the poetry of Wordsworth, and, especially, the Golden Thread, the English tradition of preuming the innocence of suspects in court. These six stories feature this endearing character in all of his eccentricities. Just when all seems lost in his cases, Rumpole rises to the occasion at the Old Bailey to the dismay of both the prosecuting barristers and many judges. And just for good measure, Hilda Rumpo [...]


    5. I love these books! If you're an anglophile, like short stories, like mysteries, and love a curmudgeon who loves Wordsworth, cheap wine and the Old Bailey, this is for you. I purchased this and a couple of other Rumpole paperbacks just after Christmas on the discount cart at Dutton's Brentwood--Dutton's, soon to be extinct, alas. Although I already knew the stories, they were a pleasure to read again, and as I spent most of January sick with flu, Rumpole stayed beside me on my bedside table.


    6. This was my first Rumpole and as soon as I read one story I knew I'd finally found a successor to Wodehouse. Oh my days is the narration ever funny. The similes are hilarious, as is Rumpole's gentle sarcasm. Mortimer can also get a point across in a simple, funny way, without bashing the reader over the head. This is going on my comfort read pile--I'm always going to need some Rumpole around to cheer me up.


    7. Typical Rumpole, and that's a good thing. The biggest surprise is the final story, "Rumpole for the Prosecution." Yes, Rumpole goes against his principles and prosecutes a case. He realizes, about halfway through, that the accused, a thoroughly unpleasant and dishonest character, couldn't have possibly committed the crime. From that point on, he does his best to lose the case.


    8. Six short stories featuring the always entertaining Rumpole of the Bailey. All of the stories were strong and the narration by Frederick Davidson was quite good.


    9. Rumpole even takes a turn for the prosecution in one of these six short stories. In each of them he manages to ferret out the truth as only he can. It isn't always pretty, but it's always entertaining!


    10. Another wonderful collection of decency and the putting down of pretension in a delightfully comic form. Also satirically insightful into the English Legal System. Superb central characters and a nice mixture of cleverly constructed and groaningly contrived plot lines.


    11. Charming and clever little mysteries centered around a loveably grumpy old barrister. Bonus: I think I finally understand the difference between a barrister and a solicitor.




    12. "Rumpole ala Carte" by John Mortimer is a series of short stories that make up the memoirs of the barrister Horace Rumpole and his defense of petty criminals to murderers. I love how he goes on and on about the Magna Carta and "the presumption of innocence, the golden thread that runs through English justice". It is a fabulous way of understanding how justice should work and how it often does not work.And it's funny humorous mostly if you are a married man. He makes a lot of jokes at his wife's [...]


    13. That Wordsworth-quoting, cheap wine-imbibing, humble servant of the Bailey and She Who Must be Obeyed is at it again in this series of six cases that, once again, display Rumpole's brilliant, if unconventional, methods of preserving the Golden Thread, the presumption of innocence, in the courts of England. A disappearing body at seae sexual assault of a medical patiente murders of a lonely girl, a man crossing a picket line, and a college administrator: each case seems utterly undefensible at fi [...]


    14. Rumpole. I mean, what else is there to say? Rumpole’s memoirs are of a uniform excellence. The one that sticks in the memory from this collection is “Rumpole for the prosecution”—after all, Rumpole never prosecutes. I’m not entirely clear on the legal rules here: even though it’s Fabian v Jago rather than R. v Jago it appears to be a criminal trial rather than a civil one. But that’s not really important to the story. The thing that makes this story truly memorable is not that Rump [...]


    15. I've always liked the BBC's "Rumpole" series. Then again, I like most things "All Bright And British." This was a fun, light read of short stories lampooning the stodgy characters in the law office and showing some tender sides of "She Who Must Be Obeyed" (Rumpole's long-suffering wife, Hilda). Rumpole is a people's lawyer, preferring to represent petty thieves and honest crooks rather than representing the wealthier sort of offenders. Overall, the stories each earned a chortle from me. I recomm [...]


    16. A collection of six stories that build upon the central character (a barrister) and seem to be writen to measure. The book is reminiscent of one season of a DVD series of a BBC satire. The stories are all approximetly the same length, have a central theme and offer you a chuckle every now and then not serious laughs, but the sort of chuckle that occurs when you think: 'That's true' & 'Ain't that weird'Anyroad an easy read with one or two general insights.


    17. Oh, Rumpole, Rumpole, good jokes, but can anyone find the intricacies of the British legal system? I love/hate Rumpole. I'd hate to know him, but I admire the anarchy. Hilda is a delicious snob though, and she is sympathetic despite the random sexism around her.


    18. FM One of the many books featuring Rumpole, an older,grumpy, but good hearted lawyer that frequently argues cases at the Old Bailey in London. As an anglophile I loved this character and the old fashioned stories centered around the Old Bailey but it's not everybody's cup of tea.


    19. Rumpole is an interesting character, however Mortimer's prose felt dry and forced. This might be due to the fact that I had never read any other Rumpole mysteries before. I plan on trying a few more of his books to see if they're any better - the stories hint at that they might be.


    20. Very fun read. Wish I could script my cross exams as Mortimer does. As a practicing criminal attorney, I thoroughly appreciate his attitude to clients, police and the judiciary.


    21. So enjoyable to join Rumpole again drinking "plonk" at Pommeroy's, outwitting his friends of the QC in court.






    22. Rumpole is a great comic character that gives us a slightly worrying insight into the British judicial system.




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